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There is a settled high pressure system moving onto the country from the Tasman later today which should keep things crispy and clear for tomorrow, unfortunately that will move east pretty quickly, It's ugly in all respects, high freezing levels and wind. It is without a doubt the worst forecast for any weekend since this season kicked off. Your best chance for a ski or board is at Ruapehu on Saturday. Sorry Manganui, no low freezing levels, have you thought of planting a crop on the t-bar? Further south from the Southern Lakes to Nelson expect heavy snow above 2000m (that's a nice way to say it's going to rain) with strengthening Nor-westerly winds. Sunday... well if the forecast rings true nobody will be venturing very far into the mountains this Sunday. Winds of about 100km/hr in most areas, and up to 150km/hr at Hutt are expected. We will just have to see what condition the pistes are in next week. Check out this
weekend’s forecast here
and see its accuracy for yourself.
It has been a week of
Adaptive Snow Sports
at Cardies and The Remarks this week. A celebration of the courage of people who give it a go or give it their all. Events included 3 ski snowbikes, guided tours and après events and, park and pipe, slopestyle clinics and alpine races for the committed. On Tuesday the weather turned it on for the crew who ventured into the 10cm of powder which fell overnight at The Remarks. A big thanks to all of the volunteers and guides that enabled this week to happen!
Rob Gordon, a snowboard instructor at Ruapehu last week completed a 17km and 1000 metres climb up the Turoa road, and then hiking/climbing to the summit from the base area, another 4kms and 1200 metres climb, then boarded down and then run back down the mountain road to the Powderkeg. It’s a total distance of 42kms, the same as a marathon, but with 2200 meters of ascent. He did this in less than 6 hours. WHY? to raise money for Adaptive Snowsports. Snowco challenges you to link through and make a $5 donation (or more if you like) because we think that this effort is worth more than $3,500 -
Of course there are plenty of events this weekend. The
World Heli Challenge Extreme Day
, if they fly that really would be extreme. Snowpark's
, hmmm might miss it, that would hurt. Night riding at Coronet; go on Friday night, and finally The Remarkables retro
25th Birthday Bash
; perhaps it's better we don't see those mullet wigs and fluoro one-piece outfits. Please confirm the conditions before boycotting any of these events on my say so.
Get into it, have fun and be safe.